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How old is baby: A baby less then 4-6 months of age should be receiving appropriate nutrition if being provided right amount of formula or breast milk. In an infant between 6-12 months of age, a mixture of milk/formula and solid foods provide good nutrition. Please avoid any processed (junk) foods - provide vegetables, protein and grains. ...Read more
Insomnia: You are doing the right things. Please include stopping stimulants such as tea, coffee, sugar after noon. Also stop work on any screens 1 hour before bed. Some folks find a small dose of melatonin 1 hour prior to bed time helpful but ask doc about that first. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Excess sleeping and laziness, even after doing regular exercise.. Any remedy for reducing sleep hours?
Find why: Anemic? Depressed? Malnourished from a "pop" diet? Overweight? Sleep apnea? Porphyria? Hypothyroid? Any other symptoms? Dropped libido points to hemochromatosis / pituitary adenoma. Parasomnia such as restless legs? I had a colleague's career almost ruined by that one before it was diagnosed. Carbon monoxide? Early ms? Hypercalcemia? Don't treat the symptoms, man -- find the cause! ...Read more
Depends: Weight loss is difficult, but if you are determined it can be done. Diet along with cardiac exercise is the best way to go. Eat 5 meals a day and cut out the carbs. Don't eat any breads except whole grain. Also cut out all tropical fruit. Start walking so that you can get your heart rate up to around 120 beats per minute for 20 minutes. Biking is not as good losing weight as walking fast. ...Read more
Other teens: Forgive my frankness. You're right to want the best for them. If you're a parent, nagging your teen about food choices and fitness will be ignored and resented. A parent may have some good impact if they life a fitness-focused lifestyle themselves. Otherwise, favorable peer pressure is what gets teens to eat wisely & exercise; of the two, exercise is far more important for health. ...Read more
Happier & successful: If not also taller. Whether or not "stress" can effect growth is an open question, common sense would say yes (a little)! a healthy diet, emphasizing enough sleep, and routine exercise, will lead to a more balanced and healthier teen. Perhaps they'll even gain a little height from it! ...Read more
Walking five miles a day, eating five a day, following Mediterranean diet, no smoking/drinking/drugs/caffeine, 8 hours sleep. Healthy lifestyle?
Losing weight: A good breakfast is important and the best way to keep weight (w) off is by behavior modification (b). People who lose w without b have more than a 90% chance of gaining back their lost w in 1 year. Find out what causes you to overeat and see if you can engage in activities to avoid doing so. If you can if you can do this you can not only lose w, you will be successful in keeping it off long term. ...Read more
Take the first step: Limit carbs and minimize the intake of red meat, increase dietary protein, reduce the use of salt, no sodas diet or regular and get to the gym. In the gym do cardio 3x a week and strength training 3-4 times a week. It you can afford it, a personal trainer can help at least get you started with how to train. ...Read more
It's not necessarily: Unhealthy. Only concern is that it might be stimulating & interfere w falling asleep. If it doesn't shouldn't be a problem. As an aside, our internal body clock tends to lower body temp in the evening in preparation for sleep, so theoretically, a cold shower could mirror this cycle. Cold is also a great anti-inflammatory agent for muscles sore from exercise. ...Read more
That depends: If you nap during the day and then can't sleep at night - then napping might not be so great. However, If you are sleep deprived or recovering from illness/ surgery - etc. then napping may be helpful. Some people in very hot countries may nap in the middle of the day - this can be adaptive. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
NO: No, however, sleeping during night hours is healthier than sleeping during day hours... Many hormones and functions in the body depend on the circadian rhythm for optimal performance and functioning... Hence shift work if done for long periods of time can be associated with some health issues. ...Read more